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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Green Books; 1st edition (21 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1900322889
  • ISBN-13: 978-1900322881
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 1.8 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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I run a beautiful garden of year round vegetables, all growing in soil that is never dug, except to remove parsnips that grow incredibly long. Among the many advantageous results of not digging, with compost on top, is that there are fewer weeds and a healthy abundance of food. I explain this in my books, magazine articles (Gardeners World, Kitchen Garden, Simply Vegetables) and at lectures and courses, both locally and nationally.
My first book on organic gardening without digging came out in 2007, then in a second edition in October 2010, and a third edition in February 2013. I receive many lovely letters (emails) of appreciation and these connections with readers are a fine bonus to the quiet task of writing.
The vegetables I most like to grow are salads and the experience of selling bags of seasonal leaves, all year round, led to the writing of my second book on Salad Leaves for All Seasons, which is used by many commercial growers as well as gardeners. The third book is on Winter Vegetables and covers the hungry gap too, with many tables and photos. Monty Don and Robin Lane Fox like this one.
Then my course book of 2012 is to help readers in the process of setting up a no dig garden, with tips on mulching, tools, weeds and seasonal sowing. It gave birth to the Veg Journal book in 2014, in a month my month format and with pages for notes. Bunny Guinness said in the Sunday Telegraph that it is a 'coffee stained rather than coffee table book", for taking out in the garden. Bunny enjoys a nice cup of coffee while savouring her vegetable garden and that is a major part of my writing, to encourage enjoyment of vegetable growing and a love of your beautiful plants.
Soil and vegetables are my passion and I seek to convey their amazing qualities in my writing and teaching about them; I hope you also learn to enjoy growing and savouring good food.

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One of our most respected vegetable growers. --Joy Larkcom

Charles is a passionate and accomplished gardener, who grows vegetables of amazing flavour. --Raymond Blanc

--Raymond Blanc

Charles is a passionate and accomplished gardener, who grows vegetables of amazing flavour. --Raymond Blanc

About the Author

Charles Dowding has not dug, except to clear perennial weeds and turf, for 25 years. An early pioneer of vegetable boxes, he has been growing organic vegetables since the 1980s, and has farmed in both Somerset and France.

He now crops almost an acre on intensive raised beds, runs gardening courses, and sells salad bags and vegetable boxes from his farm in Somerset.

Charles's other books, Organic Gardening (now in its second edition) and Salad Leaves for all Seasons, are also published by Green Books.

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Susie B on 5 May 2011
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I rate Charles Dowling highly, he's an experienced vegetable grower and a brilliant communicator. This is my third book of his and the one I have been waiting for. Every year my allotment skills improve and I build on past experience BUT in winter I have rarely managed more than a small crop of purple sprouting broccoli and a few leeks. Next winter will be different. The book is extremely well laid out with best sowing times very clearly explained. From this I have been able to fill my diary with reminders for sowing and planting. The fantastic photos show what to expect at all stages from seedling to plant to mid-winter. I highly recommend it.
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Waterhouse on 6 May 2011
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This is the book to read if you want to know how to grow winter vegetables. It is a relief to read a gardening book that shows and instructs you on what to do now to get a winter harvest rather than what you should have done months ago. Genius!. The sowing, planting and growing calendar is brilliant. I think this book is perfect for vegetable growers of all levels. Packed with information that the experienced gardener will find very useful and is straightforward, clear and concise for the new vegetable grower just starting out.
I have been growing vegetables for a few years now but have never been clear on how to grow vegetables for the winter. I shall be reading this book constantly over the next few months and with luck we will get some winter vegetables to eat.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By N. Dodd on 30 Mar. 2012
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Overall, I've been impressed by this book. Not only does it address a topic, winter growing, that isn't dealt with elsewhere, but the author also includes an impressive amount of information in only 232 pages. I'm fairly new to vegetable gardening generally, so it could be that others have covered some aspects of this, but the only other books I've come across are the classic one by Hessayon (The Vegetable and Herb Expert), Harrison's "Vegetable Growing: Month by Month", Hills' classic but quirky "Month by Month Organic Gardening", and Dowding's other book "Organic Gardening"; none of these seem to deal with growing over Winter. That said, having followed Dowding's advice what I mainly found was that not much does grow over Winter, but I did learn quite a bit trying things I read in his book, and I remain intrigued by the notion. The key issue, as far as I can see, is overwintering, namely the planting of crops that can *survive* Winter and then have a head start. His advice for many vegetables was sound, and I'm now seeing quite a bit of growth. Of course, overwintering cabbages is nothing new and could be found in many other books, but many of the other crops don't appear to be dealt with elsewhere. The flaw? Well, it's poorly laid out and so it's difficult to find the info you're looking for. For instance, if I wanted to know about growing cabbage I can look in the index and will find "cabbage, growing", and then find references thereto on pages 23, 54, 102-103, 109, 115, 126-127 & 142. They're all legitimate, useful references, and I applaud the thoroughness of the referencing, but surely a further level of sub-referencing is called for?! Most of the reasons for the plethora of page numbers is due to starting planting in different months (very helpful, by the way!Read more ›
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Perthshireman on 14 July 2011
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I bought this book on the strength of Charles Dowding's other two titles, both of which I regard as invaluable. Mr Dowding's great strength is that he writes from his own practical experience, and gives excellent advice, rather than simply re-hashing previous writings.

This title is probably the most valuable of the three, as it contains a great deal of very helpful advice on growing vegetables at a time when so many plots are bare, or only have a few tattered leeks and cabbages available.

If you are serious about wanting to grow you own vegetables, I would certainly recommend this book!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David Marshall on 4 Aug. 2011
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Having purchased and read Charles Dowding's previous two books, this is perhaps the most important because it literally instructs you how to grow vegetables, salad leaves etc for winter and early spring. Why have your allotment or veg patch empty when you could be growing this wonderful food, the author provides sowing times,suggested varieties and pictures of the crops when planted.

This book explains how to come through winter with plenty of vegetables stored, fresh harvests to make, and also has advice for growing plants to withstand the winter, for eating in spring during the hungry gap season of April, May and early June.

Vegetables need to be sown and planted at specific times so the book's middle section is a monthly sowing, planting and growing calendar. The next part covers monthly harvesting adventures, from garlic in July to spring cabbage and pea shoots in May. Through winter, soil is cool and transforms the plot into a large outdoor larder where many vegetables keep healthy and alive, ready for harvesting when needed. Many salads can be grown in winter, especially with a little protection, such as from fleece and cloches.

I stongly recommend this book to anyone who wants to grow and harvest fresh food from October to May.....I can't wait.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. E. Lea on 5 Aug. 2011
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I am very pleased with the clarity of this book. I love gardening but am a comparative newcomer to vegetable growing, always my husband's responsibility but mine now. Step by step, Dowding guides you as to how to structure your soil, your patch and gives you a calendar for planting so that basically you can use your vegetable patch for nearly the whole year. The no-dig method is also explained - very useful as heavy digging is now out of the question for me!
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